A Vase with Flowers
1864, oil, canvas, 65,8 x 50 cm
signed and dated lower right: C. J. van Hulstijn f / 1864
NG S 2369, National Gallery of Slovenia, Ljubljana
On a marble shelf stands a porcelain vase with a bouquet of flowers, other flowers are strewn beside it. In the bouquet we see a crown imperial (Fritillaria imperialis), lilacs, a Primula parbescens, peonies, blue bindweed, a nasturtium, pansies, roses, verbena and lady-day clover (Coronilla varia). Stylistically this painting is typical of the Viennese Biedermeier in all its diversity. The links with 18th century Dutch still lifes are obvious, but at the time of the Biedermeier they were interpreted academically, almost like oleographs, rather like painting on porcelain.
Preservation: Good. Industrial canvas
Restored: 1988, Kemal Selmanović.
Provenance: Unknown. FCC 1945; Government of Slovenia, Inv. No. IS 19280; 1986 entrusted to the Narodna galerija.
Exhibition: 1989, Ljubljana, No. 65.
Lit.: Zeri and Rozman 1989, pp. 106, 122, 153, Cat. and Fig. No. 65.
Note: Stamped on the back: Wien / ..Ille